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The William F. and Harriette C. Cook Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship for the Study of Literacy

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Provides support for undergraduate or post-BA (internship) teacher education students with an expressed interest in the field of literacy, and the intention to work in literacy following their graduation from MSU. While financial need is not a selection criterion for the Scholarship, if two qualified nominees are otherwise equal, the presence of financial need for one strongly supports his or her selection.

About William and Harriette Cook

Literacy is very important to William F. Cook, who received a Bachelors degree in 1957 from the College of Business in Economics, and Harriette C. Cook, who received a Bachelors degree in 1957 from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in Speech and Threatre. They come from families in which both mothers were educators, Mr. Cook’s mother going from teacher to middle school principal, and later serving as a school board member. Personally, William Cook’s interest in literacy is heightened by the fact that he has faced a life-long reading problem caused by dyslexia, has served on the board of directors of the Montcalm County Adult Reading Council, and has worked as a tutor with students. As a result, Mrs. Cook has an appreciation for those who deal with literacy. Both Harriette and William Cook are 1957 graduates of Michigan State University and have been interested in and supportive of the University since their graduation. They are hopeful the scholarship funds they provide will facilitate a remedy for the pervasiveness of illiteracy through their support of the education of well-qualified literacy professionals.

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